Making a Plan & Disaster Kit

Make A Plan

You may not be with your family during a time when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan ahead. You should know how you will get somewhere safe, how you will contact your loved ones, how you will eventually get back together and what to do during different situations, whether you are together or alone. You can also read more on family communications by visiting FEMA’s disaster preparedness website.

You should also plan ahead by inquiring about emergency plans at your places of work, schools/colleges, places of worship, recreation buildings and it is also useful to be aware of alternate routes you can take during travel. View more information on school and workplace plans.

Additional information and tips on creating a plan and supply kits such as a 72-hour kit or a first aid kit can be found by going to the Be Ready Utah website.

Make A Kit

Basic Dissaster Kit Supply List

Detailed information on a 72-hour kit can be found online (PDF). Examples of ideal items for a 72 hour kit include:

  • Blankets/Pillows/Sleeping Bag
  • Camera
  • Cash/ATM Credit Card
  • Can Opener
  • Duct Tape
  • Dust or Filter Masks
  • Emergency Contact Phone List
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Flashlight
  • Food and Utensils
  • Garbage Bags
  • Maps
  • Medical History Lists
  • Medications
  • Moist Towelettes
  • Paper Supplies
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Plastic Sheeting
  • Tools
  • Water
  • Weather Alert Radio
  • Whistle

Family Supply Kit List

If you are creating a 72 hour kit for a baby or a child you might also want to include:

  • Baby items
  • Blankets for comfort or receiving blankets 
  • Baby Food or snacks your kids like
  • Personal hygiene items such as diaper rash ointment
  • Medicine appropriate for the age of your child
  • Small toys, books, or games
  • A special toy or stuffed animal for comfort

For more information and additional items, visit the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) websites.

Items that would be put into an emergency Kit

Be Prepared To Survive It

The thought of any disaster can be scary and devastating, it is wise to become educated on what to do during an emergency and to prepare your family for how to respond and react.